Dixie Chemical, Evonik, and NYU Release Online Design Tool for Syntactic Foam

PASADENA, TX, September 12, 2017 – Dixie Chemical announces the release of an online syntactic foam design tool. The tool was developed from collaboration between Dixie Chemical, Evonik and Dr. Nikhil Gupta, an associate professor at the New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering.  The goal of the web-based tool is to simplify, accelerate and improve syntactic foams material design.

The Future of Syntactic Foam

With a foundation in aerospace and deep-sea applications, syntactic foams are emerging in broader applications, such as building materials, infrastructure, wind energy, transportation and sports equipment. Syntactic foam is also known for a very high stiffness to weight ratio and is a composite material with at least two distinct phases: the cellular and the binder.  The cellular phase is usually hollow microspheres dispersed in a binder, commonly an epoxy. Dixie Chemical is the leading supplier of a broad range of anhydride curatives for epoxy syntactic foams.

Syntactic Foam

A micrograph of a syntactic foam showing the essential components; a hollow/porous phase and a binder phase

With manufacturing mega trends of component light-weighting, multi-functionality and additive manufacturing converging, Dixie Chemical is committed to open innovation with multiple stakeholders to meet these challenges.

Mike Gromacki, President of Dixie Chemical, said, “With our financial support and technical contribution, NYU has created and freely shared this tool with our industry thus reducing technical barriers, ensuring robust design of foam systems, and opening new markets for these remarkable materials.”

Professor Gupta has been a leading researcher in this area for almost two decades.  The tool systematically applies the theoretical equations developed by Dr. Gupta and his university team.  Professor Gupta said, “We offer a rigorous, patented design tool using established peer-reviewed and industry-accepted theory and models, so that users can develop an optimum formulation, thereby reducing the time and effort required to bring a product to the market.”

Users can access the online syntactic foam design tool through the following website:  http://www.designsyntactic.com/

About Dixie Chemical Company

Since 1946, Dixie Chemical has been committed to manufacturing high-quality, high-performance chemical products that improve our world. With 300 customers in 25 countries, Dixie Chemical is a proven partner for open innovation in thermoset materials, alkaline paper sizing, and fuel and lube markets. For more information, visit www.dixiechemical.com.